Have I told you I love Korean food? If not, let me tell you… I. LOVE. KOREAN. FOOD. 🙂
It was last Thursday when me and my JLT buddies decided its about time we sample Dubai’s Korean food. There were actually lots of places to choose from but Pyongyang Okryu-Gwan caught our attention. Its North Korean for god’s sake! I’m not really sure if there is a difference but its the closest I can get to tasting the communist side of Korea’s dishes.
We walked around Deira to find it. The only info we have? Its near clock tower and behind Dubai Islamic bank opposite of Dnata travels. It was a good 30-minute search around Deira (thanks to the winter weather!) before we found the place. I can’t express the joy I felt upon reaching the place… Korean nationals having dinner, Korean waitresses clad in traditional korean dresses (Hanbok), how authentic can this be!
Jong, our server, led us to our table. She was so attentive and insisted she pour our drinks. We were handed the menu – it was more than 10 pages and believe me when I tell you, it was hard to choose which dishes to order because all looks so good! Yes, there are pictures! In the end, we decided to order the following:
The marinated beef came and the very attentive Jong offered to grill it for us! We told her we will grill it ourselves (because its fun to grill) but when the other dishes came we realized we need her to grill it for us because we ordered so much good food we can’t focus! Next came….
We also ordered a kimchi hotpot but we did not expect it to be this big! Its good for 5 grown men. It has beef, noodles, tofu and this cute little chewy mushrooms I really love! And it was really spicy. My Sri Lankan friend, Sajeev who eats spicy food everyday said its spicy! So just imagine that… You’d be fire-breathing dragon after eating the hotpot!
All the dishes we ordered was good. And if you’re wondering if we finished all the food…. YES, WE DID. And it took us 20 minutes before we were able to stand up. After trying Pyongyang, I don’t think I will ever try the other Korean restaurants in Dubai. I just love the place, the ambiance, the Korean ladies especially our pretty server, Jong. She even offered to sing for us!!! Aaaaahhhh… It was love at first bite!!!
It has been 2 days and I miss it already.
Location: Deira, Dubai
Tel: 04 298 1589
Times: Open daily 10am-11pm
Price: Dhs 60-100 per person